An landslide has closed Forest Road 25 at Benham Creek 5 miles north of the Forest Road 99 junction to Windy Ridge on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
A large landslide closed the road last winter, and a temporary bridge was installed
in June to provide access on this major north and south access route.
Recent heavy rains are dislodging additional material at the Benham Creek site causing Forest officials to call for a complete closure to protect public safety.
Wakepish Sno-Park which is located at the junction of Forest Road 25 and Forest Road 99 will be closed for the season due to the bridge closure.
Three other Sno-Parks (Johnson Creek, Skate Creek, and Orr Creek) on the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District should be accessible this winter. Visitors should contact the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at 360-497-1100, or visit the forest’s Web site for additional information.
The forest has started work with Federal Highways on design and replacement of the bridge over Benham Creek. Completion of the permanent bridge is scheduled for 2011.